After an embarrassing display by the Cincinnati Police Department – which arrested Adam Jones of the Bengals a few hours after their loss to the Buccaneers, because some other Adam Jones had an arrest warrant – police chief Tom Streicher apologized to Jones (the Pacman one) on Monday.
“Quite honestly there was a mistake on the part of the police department here,” Streicher said at an impromptu news conference. “I just want to be emphatic about this – Mr. Jones did absolutely nothing wrong.”
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer talked to Thomas Hunter, Jones’ agent, Monday night, and he said Jones had accepted Streicher’s apology. Earlier there had been a thought that Jones might take legal action against the CPD.
Here’s how the scenario began. From the Enquirer:
According to Streicher, Police Officer Amy Moore was directing traffic at 2nd and Main streets when she heard tires squealing behind her. She turned to find a 2010 Jaguar on the sidewalk and people scrambling away from the vehicle.
Police Officer Barbara Maleski, who was one of the officers called to the scene, asked Jones for ID. Both did not recognize him as a professional athlete but eventually learned this from Jones’ passenger, Streicher said.
The police chief downplayed the Maleski’s own narrative of the event, where she described Jones as “immediately belligerent and combative.” According to Hunter, Jones cooperated with police.
“I would be upset if I were detained for 45 minutes and I haven’t done anything wrong,” Streicher said. “There’s no indication he resisted (officers). Was he upset? Probably. Let’s face it, the game yesterday probably had a lot of ‘em frustrated.”
Jones handed the police a Georgia’s drivers license – he makes his fulltime home in Atlanta – and somebody in the police’s communication department mistakenly thought Jones had an arrest warrant in his name (you know, with a name like Adam Jones, perhaps somebody should have double-checked this information. It’s not like his name was Josh Katzowitz). At that point, the officers handcuffed Jones and sat him on the sidewalk.
The crowd began to recognize him, so Jones asked to be moved. The police drove him two blocks away, and after realizing their mistake, they let him free. Hey, no harm, no foul, buddy.
“There’s nothing here to indicate there’s any malice here in anyone’s heart,” Streicher said.
Perhaps not, but that’s not an excuse for incompetence.
Of course, Marvin Lewis had this to say at his Monday presser: “He’s disappointed that he would be put in that kind of light and that’s the end of the story. It’s unfortunate it occurred. There’s nothing to it so people that made a story out of it shame on them.”
The problem with that line of reasoning is that Jones has quite a reputation for getting in trouble with the law. Therefore, it’s reasonable that if you see Jones in handcuffs and you pop a picture or two, it’s not out of the question for somebody to run with it. It’s not “shame on them.” It’s called “that’s what happens when you have a crappy reputation.”
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